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New shooting range in St. Francois Co. named in honor of fallen Marine

(Source: Mineral Area College) (Source: Mineral Area College)

A new shooting range complex in St. Francois County has been named in honor of a World War II Medal of Honor recipient.

Governor Jay Nixon along with leaders from Missouri State Parks and Mineral Area College took part in a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at the range near St. Joe State Park.

The range will be named the Sgt. Darrell S. Cole Memorial Shooting Range.

Cole, a Park Hills native, was killed in World War II.

The Marine was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest military honor, for his heroism during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

“This range will not only help attract more people to St. Joe State Park and connect more Missourians to outdoor recreational opportunities, it will serve Mineral Area College Law Enforcement Academy recruits and area law enforcement agencies that have had to travel and wait in line to schedule their required shooting range training and qualifications,” Gov. Nixon said. “It is fitting that it be named to honor a Missourian who sacrificed his life on behalf of our country.”

The Navy destroyer U.S.S. Cole is also named in his honor.

The range spans across five acres and includes a 100-meter, no blue sky rifle/pistol/shotgun range with 12 covered booths with target placement at three, seven, 15, 25, 50, and 100 yards, and 100 meters.

The entrance to the range is at the Missouri Mines State Historic Site, two miles west of Leadington on Highway 32.

According to a release from the governor's office, the range will be open to the public and will also serve Mineral Area College and area law enforcement agencies.

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